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Classics Challenge Book 1



I’m starting the year of Back to the Classics Challenge off with my favorite kind of book, non-fiction. I figured that mentally, this is going to be the toughest to chew on, so I best read it now rather than over the summer when I’m nursing a newborn!
As soon as I hopped in my car to get breakfast this morning, I could hardly wait to start my first challenge book.

I am opting to read and listen, using the Podcast addict app to listen to this version while I read as desired from my free Kindle book.

I’m not even through the first chapter and am totally blown away by the eloquence of thought put into this work by passed-to-glory fellow anarchist and pacifist.
Already I’ve found an aspect we will be using in our historical document overview or using excerpts as memorization (or both) with Ambleside Online, though it is from William Lloyd Garrison, given length in Tolstoy’s first chapter. It is the Declaration of Sentiments Adopted by the Peace Convention. I just cannot stop rereading it.

I was very excited for the inclusion in the challenge for a work in translation, as I knew it would be the perfect time to dig into this Christian anarchist treasure for the first time. I’m not just invigorated by it, I’ve been challenged less than a chapter in, to conform my life ever more to the call of Christ.

I can’t wait to give a full review of this whenever I finish it!

Reading the Classics Challenge


Several Ambleside Online moms are joining in the Back to the Classics Challenge being hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.
What an encouraging challenge!

I decided to join in – here’s what I have down so far for my tentative list.

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1966. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

3.  A classic by a woman author. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

4.  A classic in translation. 
The Kingdom of God is Within You , Leo Tolstoy

5.  A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc. Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold by Charles Eastman

6.  An adventure classic – can be fiction or non-fiction. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like 1984. Utopia by Thomas More

8.  A classic detective novel. Father Brown mystery by G.K. Chesterton – I have the complete collection. I’m not sure which one I’ll read yet!

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. Native Son by Richard Wright

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). Lord of the Flies by William Golfing

12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale

A Month of Something Different


As you’ll see towards the end, I wrote this several years back, when I was still a single mom. I was looking through old posts and was encouraged by this – so much so that we’re going to do this again, starting the beginning of October.

So, I notice that Melody and I when we are home, have gotten into a horrible rut. We do not have one of the antennas on our t.v., but we have been watching movies a lot. There is usually something on if we are in the living room, even if we’re not watching it, just for background noise. I am pretty good about keeping it off if neither of us are in the living room, but still, it bothers me that I allow it on so much.

I am a hot-cold, black-white kind of woman. So when I see something wrong in my life, I tend to go the polar opposite direction. I’ve decided to make a slight compromise. Instead of selling my t.v., DVD player, the Wii Melody was blessed with last year, and our small DVD collection… I am starting a trial, month-long television experiment.

I am unplugging my television, every day of the week, except for Friday night for a few hours to watch one movie together. Then it gets unplugged again.

I think by doing this, I will do several things.

First, money will probably be saved on the electric bill. {wink}

Second, without having the television on, we will not feel compelled to sit down and zone out so much. I do not mind sitting down, but perhaps now our sitting down time will more often be productive than not. I’ll learn with Melody how to embroider. Or we can learn to knit together. Break out a game of checkers. Read to ourselves at the same time. Paint. Scrapbook. Journal. Study the Bible.

Third, we’ll probably get up more. Cook. Play outside. Take nature walks. Visit friends. Bike around town.

So, starting at at 11:00pm, September 30, 2010, we’re going to take this 31-day challenge. I am not replacing t.v. time with internet time, either. {laughs}

While I don’t agree with everything in this article, it is a really good, interesting read: Those Who Don’t Build Must Burn.